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Finding the fish is half the battle but where do you start? Let The Fisherman help narrow your search with the following hot spot reviews. Each honey hole is covered in detail to reveal the best seasons, times and tides for our most popular species. Maps, tips and insights from our expert fishing staff help pin-point the best of the action in your area so you'll be there with the right lures, bait and gear when the bite is ready to explode.



THE OLD GROUNDS

The Old Grounds are named as such for a reason. Many moons ago, sailing ships would drop their ballast rock in the area in order to prepare to enter the shallower Delaware Bay waters. Those jettisoned ballast rocks are what make up a big bulk of the Old Grounds area. Read more »

THE SOUTH WRECK

Laying on a sandy lair just four miles dead south of Moriches Inlet in 95 feet of water is a mysterious steel schooner known as the Sea Wolf or better known by local divers and fishermen as the South Wreck. With her steel hull facing towards the east, the South Wreck is a large and distinct piece with the bow raising over 10 feet off the bottom while the remainder of the iron clad vessel is resting two to three feet off the bottom. Unfortunately there is a large dragger net that drapes the hull amidships. Fortunately the net isn’t much of an issue for this large piece that affords shelter to many species of fish year round. Read more »

TIN CAN GROUNDS

On January 3, 1944 the Bristle Class destroyer the USS Turner met its fate as a series of explosions shattered the ship approximately 5 miles southeast of Rockaway Inlet. The slang “Tin Can” has been used by the US Navy Fleet for decades when referring to a navy destroyer, hence the nickname of the USS Turner. Read more »

TUNA “EAST OF CHATHAM”

There are four general areas “out east” that tuna hunters use as reference points, and they hold bluefin and other pelagics from June through December.

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TWIN CAPES FERRY

On June 15, 2018 an 11-month project was completed when the State of Delaware sank the Twin Capes, a ferry boat that once served the Cape May/Lewes run across Delaware Bay. The ferry was sold by the Delaware Bay and River Authority to Coleen Marine in Norfolk, VA. Coleen Marine did all the preparation work then when the ferry hit the bottom of the ocean they sold it back to the State of Delaware. This process is necessary because of liability concerns. Read more »

GARDINERS ISLAND

Gardiners Bay is approximately 10 miles long and 8 miles wide, and sits between the two forks at the eastern end of Long Island. It is bounded on its eastern end, where it connects to Block Island Sound by Gardiners Island, a small island 6 miles long and 3 miles wide. Gardiners Bay is part of the Peconic Bay Estuary, which is rich in shellfish and crustaceans. Blue claw crab, oysters, hard shell clams, scallops and conch are abundant throughout the area, making this piece of water a fisherman’s paradise as the abundance of food attracts myriad bottom dwellers and gamefish. Read more »

THE BREACH AT OLD INLET

I haven’t seen an aerial shot yet but my understanding is the breach/old inlet got much bigger. Last year I was stupid enough to try and fish the mouth of the breach. I had to turn around due to the draft (22 inches) of my boat. So I settled on the next best thing. I fished the very clear clean water that flows around the breach. Read more »

THROGS NECK BRIDGE

Spanning between Queens and the Bronx, the Throgs Neck Bridge may be better known for its traffic jams and ongoing road construction, but for anglers the reality is that the bridge and its surrounding waters provide excellent potential for tangling with some of our most popular inshore gamefish. Some of the Metropolitan area’s best fluke, striped bass and bluefish action occurs around the bridge and nearby waters. The combination of deep water, strong currents and a structure-rich bottom makes this ideal habitat for this popular trio. Read more »

MARINE PARKWAY BRIDGE

Spanning the western complex of Jamaica Bay from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, the Marine Parkway Bridge, also known as the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, sets the stage for some fine all around action on a variety of species through the course of the season. Read more »

MATINECOCK POINT

The fall season of 2017 along the western end of Long Island Sound went into the history books as one of the best weakfish runs in recent times. Open, charter and private boats from City Island to as far east as Port Jefferson enjoyed exceptional and unorthodox weakfish catches while sinker bouncing for scup, sea bass and believe it or not; blackfish. One of those hotspots that has made a resurgence several seasons in hiatus is Matinecock Point, which hopefully will again produce exceptional weakfishing and good fishing for other species this season. Read more »

NOYAK BAY

Nestled between the North Haven Peninsula and Jessup Neck and southward of the western end of Shelter Island and part of the Peconic Bay estuary sits Noyack Bay. According to Ken Morse of Tight Lines Bait and Tackle in Sag Harbor, this pristine and tranquil body of water can provide some serious fishing action. Read more »

THE GREENLAWNS

Along the west side of Shelter Island in Peconic Bay is a landmark and fishing hotspot known as the Greenlawns. The name is derived from a pair of mansions side by side of each other with identical size lawns distinguishing the location. While the landscape and scenery may be impressive, it is certainly not the reason why anglers cluster around this area each season. The opportunity for a double digit fluke is the draw for many anglers heading to the North Fork. The odds of catching that prize fluke this season increased with the starting date of fluke season in 2018 moved up to May 4. In 2017, fluke season opened on May 17, and many captains and anglers felt that most of the big fluke had already exited the bay by then. Early May is also prime time for big sea porgies that are usually willing to suck down clam baits by their season opener of May 1. Read more »